The Newport County YMCA gymnastics program embraces the Y’s Mission by creating a safe and nurturing environment for children to become strong, confident gymnasts who are honest, responsible, respectful, and caring friends and teammates. The Newport Y follows the USA gymnastics Junior Olympic and Xcel Programs. Classes offered include boys and girls ages 1-18 progressing from infant exploration to competitive training- led by trained instructors who have a passion for teaching, and know how to have fun along the way!
GYMNASTICS CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Parent TOTS: Parent TOT classes are for ages 18 months to 3.5 years old. Classes are 45 minutes long and focus on gross motor skills, following directions, and socialization. Class format will alternate free play with structured circuits and activities to allow gymnasts to explore at their own pace.
Co-Ed Minis: Co-Ed Minis classes are for ages 3-5 years old. Classes are 45 minutes long. We focus on basic gymnastics skills, gross motor skills, listening skills, and taking turns.
Co-Ed Hot Shots: Our Hot Shots classes are for ages 5-6 years old. This 45-minute program is a transitional class that prepares our preschool gymnasts for our Youth Gymnastics program.
Girls Youth: Our girls youth program is for ages 6-12 years old. Classes are 55 minutes long and focus on the 4 traditional women’s events: vault, bars, beam, and floor. We focus on building a strong base of skills to build on as well as building strength and flexibility.
- Beginner (ages 7-12): 1-hour class
- Advanced Beginner (ages 8-12): 1-hour 15-minute class
- Intermediate (evaluation required): 1-hour 30-minute class
- Advanced (evaluation required): 1-hour 30-minute class
Boys Youth: Our boys youth class is for ages 6-12 years old. Classes are 1-hour long and focus on the 6 traditional men’s events: vault, rings, parallel bar, high bar, pommel horse, and floor. We focus on building a strong base of skills to build on as well as developing strength and flexibility.
Tumbling: This class is designed for gymnasts who are interested in improving their floor skills. This class is recommended for those gymnasts that may have a background in cheerleading or dance acro skills. Classes are 1-hour long.
Lil’ Ninjas: Our Lil’ Ninja class is designed for our Ninjas aged 3-5 years old. Ninja classes combine gymnastics, martial arts, and obstacle training. We also emphasize gross motor skills, taking turns, and following directions. Classes are 45 minutes long.
Ninjas: Our Ninja classes are for ages 5 years old and up. We combine gymnastics, martial arts, and obstacle training. A typical class will involve both obstacle course and skill specific training. Classes are 55 minutes long.
Ninja Uniform: The Ninja uniform is required for all Ninjas to participate in classes. The cost of the uniform is $50. Please contact the Gymnastics Director in order to make sure you receive the correct size. Available sizes start at 3T, CXS(4), CS (6/8), CM (10/12), CL (14/16), CXL (18/20), and AS.
Private Lessons: Available to any gymnasts of any age and ability. Private lessons are an opportunity for one-on-one coaching from one of our coaches. This is an opportunity for gymnasts to work on a skill they may struggle with or can be used for gymnasts who cannot attend a regularly scheduled class for whatever reason. You may request a coach of your choice or we can provide a coach based on availability.
This class is designed for ages 6 years old and up. Intended for dancers: we will focus on flexibility, balance, strength, and muscle control. We will include traditional gymnastics tumbling skills as well as activities such as chin stands, elbow stands, balances, and contortion tricks. There is a walk-in option for this class. Please check for availability.